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19,000 feet and climbing...

Wonder what will happen with Baumgartner as he breaks the sound barrier, free falling, in a couple of hours from now.

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Red Bull Stratos is a mission to the edge of space that will try to surpass human limits that have existed for more than 50 years. Supported by a team of experts, Felix Baumgartner (Austrian, not Australian ;) )will undertake a stratospheric balloon flight to more than 120,000 feet / 36,576 meters and make a record-breaking freefall jump in the attempt to become the first man to break the speed of sound in freefall (an estimated 690 miles / 1,110 kilometers per hour), while delivering valuable data for medical and scientific advancement.
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Re: Current event: Red Bull Stratos - freefall from the edge of space
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2012, 03:56:10 pm »
This is interesting.
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Re: Current event: Red Bull Stratos - freefall from the edge of space
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2012, 03:59:42 pm »
65 years ago, today, Chuck Yeager in Bell X-1 was the first man ever to break the sound barrier.
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Re: Current event: Red Bull Stratos - freefall from the edge of space
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2012, 05:00:37 pm »
Garrr, it's 1AM in Taiwan and we are only half way into the 3 hour ascent, maybe I should sleep for an hour first.
 

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Re: Current event: Red Bull Stratos - freefall from the edge of space
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2012, 05:02:04 pm »
85 000 feet and climbing...

(35 000 feet to go)

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Re: Current event: Red Bull Stratos - freefall from the edge of space
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2012, 05:02:12 pm »
What will the Flat-Earth society make of the curved earth videos? Those are faked too?
 

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Re: Current event: Red Bull Stratos - freefall from the edge of space
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2012, 05:34:29 pm »
Broken record for highest ballon...... Now at over 35km up....

 

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Re: Current event: Red Bull Stratos - freefall from the edge of space
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2012, 05:47:35 pm »
127,000 ft now.
 

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Re: Current event: Red Bull Stratos - freefall from the edge of space
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2012, 05:54:34 pm »
39km now, and you can hear the inverters in the cabin whining with a warble depending on loading.

Getting ready for one short step but one hellova long way to the next one.......
 

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Re: Current event: Red Bull Stratos - freefall from the edge of space
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2012, 06:18:44 pm »
Minus some communication issues (what'd you expect in that environment) it went rather smoothly! Very nice landing n' all! Awesome. Congrats to him! :)
 

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Re: Current event: Red Bull Stratos - freefall from the edge of space
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2012, 06:24:43 pm »
Done and dusted, 2 records broken, and one set.

All it needed was one less talking head commenter talking utter shyte over the top of it all. Space is supposed to be silent aside from when a radio breaks squelch and the conducted noise from the ship.
 

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Re: Current event: Red Bull Stratos - freefall from the edge of space
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2012, 06:38:17 pm »
I was glued to the monitor....my wife even brought my dinner to me so as not to miss it !

That guy has some major courage to step out into the edge of space and trust that the techies got their act together when sorting out his suite.

Well impressed with the whole event. The live feed with all the measurements showing was great. The photography at altitude... amazing !

Loved it, and much better than 'Strictly Come Dancing' that my wife was watching on the BBC !

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Re: Current event: Red Bull Stratos - freefall from the edge of space
« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2012, 08:11:32 pm »
Well that was sort of interesting but nothing really spectacular. I don't know what I was expecting, I guess Apollo.
 

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Re: Current event: Red Bull Stratos - freefall from the edge of space
« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2012, 08:13:26 pm »
Broken record for highest ballon...... Now at over 35km up....

It won't count. To get the record you have to land the balloon again.

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Re: Current event: Red Bull Stratos - freefall from the edge of space
« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2012, 08:16:00 pm »
So... did he break the speed of sound?
 

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Re: Current event: Red Bull Stratos - freefall from the edge of space
« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2012, 08:26:52 pm »
Neilm, at least the capsule and the Mylar will land **somewhere** while the helium goes out to greet the universe.
 

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Re: Current event: Red Bull Stratos - freefall from the edge of space
« Reply #16 on: October 14, 2012, 09:21:22 pm »
True, but as I understand the rules the pilot has to stay in the balloon to count as landing it, rather than letting it crash.

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Re: Current event: Red Bull Stratos - freefall from the edge of space
« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2012, 07:32:23 am »
What will the Flat-Earth society make of the curved earth videos? Those are faked too?

Some of the cameras had Fish-eye lenses,& were showing curvature when he was only about 2000ft up!
They'll just point at those,& say they were all Fish-eyes.
 


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